Monday, November 20, 2017

{My Parties} Cinderella Party

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A dream is a wish, your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…”  Oh how I love Cinderella. It was definitely my favorite as a little girl.  So, when this little princess wished for a Cinderella party for her 3rd birthday, I, her fairy godmother, delivered it!  What little princess wouldn’t want her party wish granted?
I absolutely loved creating this princess’ dream party! I started with the traditional Cinderella color palette of light blue, gold, silver, and white. 

I started by welcoming our fellow princesses and princes into the party with this Fairytale Castle Arch. What an awesome way to let your guests know that they are now entering the princess’ castle!   Just inside the party, we had a little favor station and a place for the princes and princesses to pick up their shield and sword, or their tiara and wand!

I knew I wanted a big impact for the backdrop of the main party table. This Fairytale Carriage Entrance was definitely an awesome choice! It’s such a beautiful backdrop to any princess party. But, for Cinderella it’s absolutely perfect! I lined the opening with Blue Iridescent Sparkle Fabric to look like the curtains of Cinderella’s coach. Princess Mollie loved it so much that she didn’t even want to leave the room! The best part of this standee is that you can keep it for play! How exciting to have your own carriage to pretend to ride around the kingdom!

For the table linens, I chose the Light Blue Polyester tablecloth and I topped it with this oh-so-pretty Sheer Polyester Ruffle Tablecloth. It lends the perfect Cinderella touch! On the front, I hung this gorgeous glittered Cinderella carriage banner by Loralee Lewis. 


Our main party table had a variety of Cinderella themed treats for the guests. We served cupcakes, fairy godmother wand Rice Krispie Treats, Cinderella Pumpkins (Clementines), String Cheese Brooms, Magic Fruit Wands, Princess sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly), and beautiful custom sugar cookies from SemiSweet Confections. Since this was a morning party, Mollie’s mom wanted the guests to be able to take home the cookies for later. So, I personalized these Fairtytale Castle Favor Bags for the kids to take home.

Amanda at SemiSweet Confections blew me AWAY with these cookies that she matched to Loralee's invitations!

The beautiful cupcakes toppers and wraps were also from Loralee Lewis. They are just so dreamy! They took these bakery-bought cupcakes to another level!

Around the corner, we set up our beautiful princess table for our guests to eat. I used more of the light blue polyester linens and tied each chair with a Gold Satin Chair Sash. To bring in the Cinderella theme, I used these Fairytale Dreams Centerpieces. Since it was a child’s party, I used a battery operated candle in the center.

Each child also had the opportunity to create their own princess crown or shield. For that table, we needed some extra decoration, so I hung this personalized Fairytale Sparkle Banner. I love how it turned out with the addition of the carriage art! On either side, I hung some simple, light blue paper lanterns to dress up the fireplace.

These Cinderella Little Golden Books were the perfect favor for our littles. The boys got The Sword in the Stone. The tags from Loralee Lewis were the finishing touch. 

This party is fit for a queen, or a princess!

Party Supplies:
Cookies: SemiSweet Confections
                                                         Paper Goods: Loralee Lewis                                                                                                                                          

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spooky Graveyard Halloween Party

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I love designing Halloween parties. They are among my favorite themes because you can really go over the top with them! And everyone knows that I love going over the top with my parties. 
This party was designed last year for a group of teens. I loved scaring the kids and coming up with fun ideas for food that they'd love, but also be grossed out by!
So, I chose a haunted graveyard theme because I thought that was just adult enough, without being too scary or gory. 

The kids were greeted at the gate by this fun skeleton walking a skeleton dog, that my client got at Grandin Road. 

As the kids rounded the back of the house to enter the party, we had a few surprises in store. 
I hired a few local drama club students who were looking for some acting experience to scare the kids as they entered the party. 

The main party table was decorated to look like a cemetery. I picked up a lot of these fun items at At Home. 

I made a backdrop of foam headstones, and covered the entire table with moss. If you look closely, you can see a skeleton "rising" from his grave in the table. I surrounded the table with this plastic graveyard fencing. My favorite part of the party was this zombie lady. She was motion activated and she would light up and moan every time you got close. 

I had so much fun coming up with fun treats that teenagers would love. By far the most popular were these awesome forked eyeball cake pops by Bella's Bakery and Bowtique. These were GONE! 

Another favorite of mine were these "Raw Meat" Rice Krispie treats, also by Bella's Bakery and Boutique. They were so realistic that I think the kids were afraid of them. I had one mom ask if we were making burgers later. 

No party is complete without cupcakes, so I did some "Bloody cupcakes" using white cupcakes from Frost Bake Shop. I added red decorator gel and then some cute Wilton Cakes Sugar toppers. I put knives on some and severed fingers on the others! 

We had lots of fun, easy pick-up snacks too, like Halloween Oreos...

Halloween Chex Mix....

"Zombie Boogers" (Green Apple Popcorn)...

"Bloody Popcorn" (Cherry Popcorn)...

and Cheese balls too. 

And, by special request, a Halloween donut wall! 
Donut walls are super simple to make using peg board and peg board hooks. I kept this one simple! Let the donuts do the talking! 

And now for some party details...


To make the party really spooky, I got a fog machine! This really upped the scary factor and it looked so cool!

Every party needs good lighting and this was no exception!
I love the way these purple projection lights look on my table! Creepy!

These two party moms really got into the spirit!

Every real party has real people partying the night away and our kids had a blast with Al Kapone! He was SO great with the kids. They loved him! These are Memphis kids! 

This was my favorite costume by a mile. This kid went for it! Pantsuit goals. 

 Have a spooky Halloween!

Cake Pops and Rice Krispie Treats: Bella's Bakery and Boutique
Cupcakes: Frost Bakery
Photography: Peter Conroy, Creation Memphis
Popcorn: Oh Nuts
Printable Food Cards: Print Magic
Party Supplies: Shindigz